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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-09-2005, 07:31 PM Thread Starter
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nighttime dilemna

Hey all......

Here's the deal........we got our cat back in September and he was about the 5 months old at the time. Well, we keep his food and "toilet" down in the basement and he seems like that isn't a problem for him. Although, pretty much the whole time we have had him he has enjoyed company while he goes down to eat and loves to be petted while eating. There have been alot of nights where he sleeps on our bed with us and we have no problem with that at all. But, about 4 out of 7 days of the week he likes to get up in the middle of the night and go eat, but he likes for one of us to be with him. Mind you, the food and water dish are still full of product for him it is just the fact that I think he likes the attention.
Being the animal lovers that my wife and I are, we feel compelled to adhere to his continual meowing and give him the attention he wants at whatever time of night that it is. It is so much like a child to us and we are starting to tire of the broken-up sleep patterns that he is giving us. My question we just let Jasper meow till he is blue in the face, lock him in the basement (which we would hate to do)? We have tried wearing him out before we go to bed, too. We feel like he is running OUR lives rather than the other way around.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!!!!
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-09-2005, 07:37 PM
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well, if you don't like getting up in the night, you can't go on encouraging it. this cat is young enough he should be able to adapt to a change in behavior fairly easily, but it won't happen in one night! an investment in earplugs may be necessary for a while.
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-09-2005, 07:51 PM
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I agree. Sometimes you have to let them cry. I know it's so hard not to spoil them in every way possible, but in some cases, you can't let the behavior continue.
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-09-2005, 08:07 PM
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Completely agree that if you don't like a behavior, don't reward it. Kitty will adapt. But is there a reason his food is in the basement? Props to your cat for not minding that his litterbox is down there, but as for his food, he may just *not like* that it's down in the basement. He may like to eat where he can see or hear you -- a communal place like the kitchen. Kitties also protest often when their food and their bathroom is the same room. It's just as gross to them most of the time as it would be for US to go to the bathroom in the dining room, or eat dinner in the bathroom.
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-09-2005, 08:27 PM
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Yup. Assumpta's a social eater, as well. She likes someone to be around when she eats if possible. She's also afraid of the dark, so she has a nightlight on the first floor (and even so, she sometimes forgets that we're just upstairs and cries until someone comes and gets her).

Try lighting the path to the basement with little nighlights, or moving food and litterbox to the living level. He may just be uneasy about going so far away.
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-09-2005, 09:10 PM
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I would put the food dish right next to my bed on the floor....and hang my arm over to pet the cat while it is eating.
But that is just me...hehee
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-10-2005, 12:02 AM
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I have heard that cats are very social animals. I know Tiger likes to come and eat when we are eating or are at least in the kitchen. Try moving the food to the kitchen and see if he is happier. He might quit the nighttime crying if he can get to his food more easily.

I too admit to giving kitty a nightligh (especially right after we got him.) Aren't they supposed to see in the dark? Oh well, I would hate for Tiger to not be able to find the litter box!

Also, try not to reward bad behavior, but go easy on him that first night so he doesn't feel too bad. I'm such a softie for cats!

Good luck!
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